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Food Standards Scotland issues response to the launch of the National Food Strategy

Food Standards Scotland, Chair, Ross Finnie, has commented on the National Food Strategy published today (Thursday, July 15th).

Mr Finnie said:

“Henry Dimbleby’s recommendations in the National Food Strategy (Part 2) will, if adopted, see changes to the food system across the whole of the UK, including in a number of areas of importance to Food Standards Scotland.

“We agree that our diet needs to change. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a stark warning that further action is needed, with poorer Covid outcomes for those living with obesity and those on low incomes. 

“Mr Dimbleby’s report again emphasises the sheer volume of evidence that, when it comes to diet, the UK has a significant problem that must be addressed.

 “However, this report again begs the question: when it comes to diet, if we don’t tackle it now, then when?

“Everyone has a role to play in turning around poor health outcomes from overweight and obesity, and we must have a clear focus on preventative measures.  

“FSS will consider fully the National Food Strategy recommendations, and continue to work with organisations across the UK to reduce the burden of diet related disease that inhibits our wellbeing and economic prosperity, and to ensure food is safe, healthy and sustainable."